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Dads and Doughnuts on Father’s Day at GM Nationals

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Camaro on autocross track at 2015 GM Nationals | Carlisle Events photo

Dads and Doughnuts offers reduced car show registration, photos with the family, and monster truck rides to celebrate Father’s day, June 19, during the GM Nationals at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania.

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Museums: Three dozen Italian vehicles at the Lane

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1999 Dallara IRL Car | Wes Duenkel / Lane Motor Museum photos

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Lane Motor Museum opens a new exhibit, “Macchine Italiane: A Tour of Italy’s Motoring Spirit,” to run May 26 through May 22, 2017, featuring over three dozen vehicles — race cars, motorcycles and bicycles that demonstrate Italian design and engineering from 1936-2012 with cars ranging from the Fiat 500 to the exotic Lamborghini Urraco.

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Major Mopar muscle powers onto Mecum auction block

The 1971 Hemi 'Cuda raced by the Sox and Martin team dominated the drag strip
The Sox & Martin team 1971 Hemi ‘Cuda dominated Pro Stock competition | Mecum Auctions photos

Mopar fanatics will have much to cheer about as 30 vintage Hemis and at least 10 Dodge Vipers cross the block during Mecum’s Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 in Indianapolis.

A pair of street-performance Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda hardtops from 1970 and a ’71, and a pair of ‘Cuda drag racers from 1971 and 1968, will lead the Mopar muscle parade, joining an expected 2,000 collector cars offered during Mecum’s flagship sale. One of the quarter-mile champs is valued into the seven figures. Continue reading

Ronnie Peterson’s ’72 Lotus Elan heading to auction

This 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S was a gift from Colin Chapman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1972 Lotus Elan Plus 2S was a gift from Colin Chapman | Historics at Brooklands photos

Not only is the 1972 Lotus Elan Plux 2S on the docket for the Historics at Brooklands auction June 11 in England the car originally delivered to Formula 1 racer Ronnie Peterson, but it was the first 130/5 to leave the Hethel production line with a five-speed manual gearbox, the auction company reports in a news release.

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Vauxhall opens its vault to the public on June 12

Some of the vehicles to be featured at Vauxhall's annual open house | Vauxhall Heritage photos
Some of the vehicles to be featured at Vauxhall’s annual open house | Vauxhall Heritage photos

One day a year, Vauxhall, the British brand of General Motors, opens its Heritage Centre collection for public viewing. This year that day is June 12, when two anniversaries will be celebrated — 50 years since the first Viva HB drove off the Ellesmere Port’s production line and 30 years since the last Bedford commercial vehicle was manufactured. Continue reading

RM Sotheby’s Max Girardo launching his own sales agency

Max Girardo launching his own classic and collector car sales business in London | Girardo & Co. photos
Max Girardo establishes Girardo & Co. to broker classic car sales | Girardo & Co. photos

After a decade with RM Sotheby’s, much of it as the company’s auctioneer, Max Girardo is leaving to establish his own classic car brokerage, Girado & Co. In addition to being a car specialist and auctioneer, Girardo had been managing director of RM Sotheby’s European operations. The company’s Monaco sale is scheduled for Saturday during Monte Carlo’s historic grand prix racing weekend. Continue reading

The rare, the old and the odd at Lucky Auctions’ Spring Classic

A 1960 Facel Vega HK500 coupe comes to auction after decades in storage
A 1960 Facel Vega HK500 coupe comes to auction after decades in storage

Deriving treasure from trash was the business model of refuse-collection magnate Harold E. LeMay, whose enormous personal collection of cars and collectibles once held a Guinness Book of World Records title for the world’s largest.

“Lucky” LeMay’s automotive interests were broad and eclectic, which are reflected in the consignments at Lucky Auctions, a Tacoma-based classic car auction company founded by his son, Doug LeMay, and auto dealer Evan McMullen. Continue reading

Decades later, F1 race car finally gets to compete at Monaco

After 55 years, the Assegai finally qualifies to race at Monte Carlo | Historics at Brooklands photos
After 55 years, the Assegai finally qualifies to race at Monte Carlo | Historics at Brooklands photos

After 55 years, the only South African Formula One racing car finally will compete in Monte Carlo after its acceptance for the Historic Monaco Grand Prix races this weekend. Continue reading